The Body Is Paṇḍharī

Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere

in Rise of a Folk God

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199777594
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919048 | DOI:

Series: South Asia Research

The Body Is Paṇḍharī

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This final chapter presents a culminating stage in the evolution of the cult of Viṭṭhal: its interpretation in spiritual terms. The chapter discusses, in turn, spiritual interpretations that the Marathi poet-saints have given of the river at Pandharpur, of Pandharpur itself, of the temple of Viṭṭhal there, and of the god himself. The chapter discusses analogies in bhakti literature between the human body and temples, and analogies between various moral categories, such as remorse or a good person, on the one hand, and holy water-places (tīrthas), on the other. The chapter also examines the extensive image Jñāneśvar uses in comparing the Bhagavadgītā to the “Kailās” cave-temple at Ellora.

Keywords: spiritual interpretations; Pandharpur; bhakti literature; human bodies; temples; moral categories; Ellora

Chapter.  8178 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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